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ABC’s Bachelor, Juan Pablo Galavis, is putting his foot in his mouth again with a new controversy. This time, he doesn't seem to be apologetic. However, he is once again blaming it on cultural differences.
Galavis came under fire on Twitter for retweeting a message from another Twitter user that included the “r-word” in it.
"Not every flower can save love, but a rose can. Not every plant survives thirst, but a cactus can. Not every r-----d can read, but look at you go, little buddy! Today you should take a moment and send an encouraging message to a f--ked up friend, just as I've done.
I don't care if you lick windows, or interfere with farm animals. You hang in there cup cake, you're f--king special to me, you're my friend, look at you smiling at your phone! You crayon eating bastard you!" read the joke, to which Galavis wrote along with his retweet, "JAJAJAJAJA LOVED IT..."
E! Online reports he has since deleted it, but decided to chalk it up to cultural differences again by saying the word “r----d” is used “commonly” in his country.
He tweeted, “I'm BLESSED to speak SPANISH, an OK english and a LITTLE bit of portuguese... For those who DON'T I recommend to LEARN... #Culture.”
I'm BLESSED to speak SPANISH, an OK english and a LITTLE bit of portuguese... For those who DON'T I recommend to LEARN... #Culture
— Juan Pablo Galavis™ (@JuanPaGalavis) March 6, 2014
He continued, “People, try to be HAPPY and enjoy JOKES and SARCASM... In Venezuela the R word is USED commonly and by NO means is to OFFEND anyone... #Relax #DifferentCulture #Respect."
— Juan Pablo Galavis™ (@JuanPaGalavis) March 7, 2014
He also wrote, "Some people need to TRAVEL and get around the WORLD... The US is a GREAT country but there is a LOT out there... #openyourmind #learnculture."
This is the second time Galavis has been accused of being insensitive. He blamed the language barrier for saying he doesn’t believe there should be a gay bachelor because homosexuals are more “pervert” than heterosexuals.
After the comments were published, Galavis apologized via Facebook. ABC wouldn’t stand behind him, calling the comments “careless, thoughtless and insensitive.”
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